NEW YORK, NY – The Daily News learned of a New York Police Sergeant who lost thirty of her vacation days as punishment for wearing pro-Trump “punisher” patches on her uniform and blowing kisses at demonstrators at a Black Lives Matter (Racist Hate Group) protest in Brooklyn.
The sergeant also served a ten-day suspension ordered by the NYPD Police Commissioner.
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A new disciplinary report from the New York Police Department Assistant Deputy Commissioner for trials, Paul Gamble, showed he found Sergeant Dana Martillo had violated the standards of the agency. The ruling comes after a video surfaced of Sgt. Martillo at a Black Lives Matter (Racist Hate Group) protest on February 5, 2021, in which she is seen wearing politically controversial patches on her uniform.
In the video, Sgt. Martillo is seen wearing a “Punisher” patch which was adorned with hair similar to that of former Republican President Donald Trump’s. Another patch had the slogan, “Make Enforcement Great Again 2020,” which clearly angered members of the crowd.
In the video, protesters are heard yelling at Sgt. Martillo asked if she had been a part of the January 6th riot at the capital and called her a:
“Domestic [expletive] terrorist.”
Sgt. Gamble responded to the crowd by saying:
“I have to brush up on my First Amendment rights…I didn’t know I was so photogenic.”
During the hearing, Sgt. Martillo’s supervisor that day, Inspector Matthew Galvin, testified that he observed the controversial patches on her uniform at the event and confronted her about wearing them. Inspector Galvin said she asked him if she would be in trouble for wearing them and he replied:
“You’re not going to get in trouble. Just zip the jacket up.”
Inspector Galvin testified that he viewed that direction to Sgt. Martillo was a direct order to conceal the patches behind her jacket, an order that was dismissed. Sgt. Martillo admits she and Inspector Galvin did speak about the patches, however, she denies he ever ordered her to conceal the patches and alleged that he said he liked them before walking away.
When the video evidence was presented which showed Sgt. Martillo pulled her facemask down and blew kisses to those yelling at her, she alleges she did that action in an attempt to defuse the hostile crowd.
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Sgt. Martillo’s lawyer, Joe Murray, reported Gamble refused to consider ordering Inspector Galvin to perform a polygraph test which, in his opinion, would show whether or not he was being truthful in his testimony regarding the order and refusing to hear testimony from another NYPD sergeant who allegedly never heard the Inspector give her an order. Murray says this is evidence of Gamble being biased against his client during the hearing.
Murray continued his argument in front of Gamble that the patches Sgt. Martillo was wearing that day should not be viewed as political as President Trump was no longer considered a presidential candidate. Murray then claimed there was a double standard present in the hearing because of a visit from President Trump to the 17th Precinct of the NYPD in September of 2021. Murray said:
“[President Trump] was invited in by great fanfare and celebration by high-ranking members of the department. He was invited behind the desk to sign the book. He’s a civilian who loves the police…It’s permissible to celebrate [President] Trump. He’s a civilian.”
Despite the arguments from Sgt. Martillo and Murray, Gamble ruled there was sufficient evidence to show there were violations made and adjudicated her guilty in the hearing. Gamble explained his decision by writing:
“It is impossible for this department to maintain public trust if its members are perceived to be partisan while executing their official duties…[Sgt. Martillo’s] decision to wear political patches at the demonstration invited the public to question her neutrality and the neutrality of those police officers who were under her authority.”
After Sgt. Martillo was found guilty of the violations during the hearing, she was forced to surrender thirty vacation days as punishment. This punishment is an addition to a ten-day suspension she was already ordered to serve after NYPD Commissioner Sewell approved the decision on September 16th of this year.
Murray reported he will appeal the ruling made by Gamble during the hearing due to his perceived bias against Sgt. Martillo. When the appeal has been heard and a decision made, Law Enforcement Today will update any rulings.
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